Mark Philip Stadler, MA, MSc

Mark Philip Stadler, MA, MSc

PhD fellow

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    There are more than 30 million living in the greater Jakarta metropolitan area, also referred to as JABODETABEK – Jakarta with its satellite cities Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi. Many of these inhabitants belong to the population on the lower end of the income ladder. Whereas they might not officially belong to people of poor status – the UN global poverty line being 2 US$ or below – many still have to struggle for making ends meet. Relative poverty in urban areas is a rampant problematic in Jakarta and its surroundings, which is Southeast Asia’s largest urban area.

    My dissertation is about activist groups that take care of the urban poor in Jakarta and how the activists struggle for changing the rampant urban poverty problematic in a transformative way. The focus is on the various forms of activism and where this kind of activism is located on the wider urban political map of the city. The project aims at situating urban poor activism on the wider political map of the city, tracks down its development over time from the 1990s until today and tries to figure out what are the possible trends and impacts of popular urban poor activism and resistance in Jakarta in the future.

    The PhD project is a cross-disciplinary work located mainly in the field of Southeast Asian Studies with strong connection to urban studies, political science and (urban) sociology. The project is informed by urban social movement (USM) theory, theories of grass-roots organizing and community building as well as political economy.

    Fields of interest

    • Indonesian/Southeast Asian politics
    • Political activism, civil society
    • Urban Studies, Urban Social Movements (USM)
    • Political economy
    • Public policy, public administration
    • Critique/analysis of ideology
    • Progressive religion, political Islam
    • Socio-economic change
    • Political transformation
    • Social movements, unions, confederations, political parties



    Fall/summer semester 2016-2017

    • Supervision of two bachelor students' theses in the field of Southeast Asian Studies

    Summer semester 2015

    • "Indonesia 1965-68 in Context" (guest lecture at NUS Southeast Asia in Context Summer School's fieldtrip to Solo/Central Java)

    Fall semester 2014-2015

    • Introduction to Southeast Asian History (course)

    Summer semester 2014

    • Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia (course)
    • “People Power and Democracy in Indonesia” (guest lecture for the “Images of Asia” lecture series at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen)
    • Bahasa Indonesia 1 (course)
    • Bahasa Indonesia Propædeutik B (course)

    Fall semester 2013-2014

    • “Buddhism in Indonesia & Singapore – From Grand Empire to Marginal Existence” (guest lecture for the “Buddhism Across Asia” lecture series at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen)
    • Bahasa Indonesia Propædeutik A (course)

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